Timo Glock, Nico Hülkenberg and Sebastian Vettel support the national side, who play Australia today.

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Timo Glock, Nico Hülkenberg and Sebastian Vettel support the national side, who play Australia today.

Hi this is World Cup Day 3 and this is Alex Andronov. I am writing this from my holiday in France where the world cup also takes place, it being the cup of the entire world. During the England vs USA match this is how the situation looked here. Inside the room at the end of the video the television was on and we could hear sort of what was going on (well in theory above the angry bees).

Lets deal with the tie situation...

So in the England game yesterday there was a tie between the teams and this has caused a small amount of angst. But that's fine don't panic we are prepared. The English invented football and we are used to these kinds of things. Famously you can play Cricket for five days, stopping for lunch each day, and still not have a winner. In fact we are so keen on disappointment that in cricket there are two ways not to have a winner. You can have a draw which is that nobody won the game (you have to get all your opponents out to win) or you can have a tie when both teams scored the exact same score. The equivalent difference in F1 terms would be a tie being two divers driving over the line at exactly the same time whereas if nobody completed the race then it would be a draw (no silly half points).

The problem is that, in football, there isn't really a good system to deal with ending the game with a single winner. Extra time was introduced relatively recently*, and only as recently as 1970, penalty shootouts were brought in. But the problem with penalty shootouts is that they aren't the same as the rest of the game they are just one aspect. It's like somebody saying in F1, lets just have qualifying instead of the race. It might be fun, and exciting, but it's too much of just one bit of it. It used to be, back in the beginning that the teams would share the trophy if they teams tied. The point being that if neither of them wanted to win it then neither of them deserved to win it had to be a tie.

When asked yesterday what would happen if everyone tied all the way through I nodded sagely and said, "Goal difference". But, "No", they countered, there can't be goal difference if everyone tied". "Ahhh," I said, "well, then it goes to most corners and stuff I think."

This is the kind of knowledge I bring to these kind of discussion, I think that's probably why I'm doing this guest post.

(Actually it would be the ones with the most scored goals because of course everyone could have been tieing all over the place but with different numbers of goals, if it's still tied after that they just draw lots for it!!!)

Perhaps this is all a bit involved...

If you've been reading all of this and thinking, "see this is why I don't like football it's all this crazy rules and everything" then I have decided to explain the situation in terms that should be understandable by everyone.

First of all there are some people who shout: "Goal!!"

These are the fans, like you and me.

Then there are the some people who shout: "Referee!!!"

These are the other fans, who know about the rules.

Then there are those who look knowledgeable and say: "Offside"

These are the referees and Christine.

Then there are the 20 odd people who run around and kick the ball and things

These are the main players who have cool names like "Striker" and "Goal Attack".

Then there are 2 people who can touch the ball

These are the goal keepers or "Goal Defence"

And that's it

Although I may have got a bit confused with netball towards the end

Who is playing today

Today we have the crunch match of Algeria versus Slovenia, followed by local boys Ghana versus the mighty Serbia and finally relative newcomers Germany versus Australia.

  • Algeria v Slovenia - 12:30 (GMT +1)
  • Serbia v Ghana - 15:00 (GMT +1)
  • Germany v Australia - 19:30 (GMT +1)

One last thing...

Haven't you got a song that we can listen to about football which will get stuck in our heads for the whole of the tournament and drive us mad?

Yup.

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* I have actually had a bit of trouble tracking down the exact date that it was introduced. I mean we all know that stoppage time was introduced in 1891 after the Stoke vs Villa match when the Villa goalkeeper kicked the ball out the ground to stop there being a chance of an equalising goal (the equivalent of Rascase and Schumacher) but extra time seems a bit more mysterious.

629 responses

  • Amy13/06/2010 at 10:44

    I love this post. Goal Attack, that is a language I can understand :D

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 11:19

    Hahahah, excellent post Alex :)

    Knights of cydoniain the Slovenia/Algeria buildup :D

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 11:21

    Also Lou will be happy to know Go Do by Jondi is one of the theme songs for ITV's world cup presentation :)

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 11:22

    Also Lou will be happy to know Go Do by Jondi is one of the theme songs for ITV's world cup presentation :)

    *Jonsi, damned lack of typing ability

  • paul13/06/2010 at 11:23

    Ah. Now i think i understand. Thanks Alex!

  • RG13/06/2010 at 11:24

    17 of 23 players for Algeria were born in France. Now thats cheating.

    Hey folks

  • paul13/06/2010 at 11:25

    hold on, is Alex confusing this game with netball?

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 11:33

    They look like Lotus.

  • RG13/06/2010 at 11:46

    If these two can play just like this all game, it might help England. This is awful

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 11:46

    If these two can play just like this all game, it might help England. This is awful

    There don't seem to be many attempts at a goal.

  • RG13/06/2010 at 11:47

    There don't seem to be many attempts at a goal.

    Not just that, the passing is shocking.

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 11:48

    Dr Who PING!!

    http://wibblywobbly.wordpress.com/2010/06/13/the-lodger-what-goes-up-mustnt-come-down/

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 11:55

    17 of 23 players for Algeria were born in France. Now thats cheating.

    Be fair a lot of French players like Zidane were born elsewhere so it balances out

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 11:59

    They look like Lotus.

    I had no idea there were so many football/F1 crossovers. I don't think I am going to look at the game the same again

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 12:02

    I had no idea there were so many football/F1 crossovers. I don't think I am going to look at the game the same again

    :)

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 12:03

    Great post Alex!

    Be fair a lot of French players like Zidane were born elsewhere so it balances out

    Zizou is born in Marseilles. Just like dear Samir Nasri. Of the current squad, only Florent Malouda is born in the French Guiana instead of France itself.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 12:04

    Oh, and hello everyone! :D

  • RG13/06/2010 at 12:04

    Oh, and hello everyone! :D

    Hello there, I see you come as someone decides that the goal might be a good place to do something in.

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 12:05

    Zizou is born in Marseilles. Just like dear Samir Nasri. Of the current squad, only Florent Malouda is born in the French Guiana instead of France itself.

    I thought he was from somewhere in north Africa. I am clearly confusing him with someone else.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 12:06

    I thought he was from somewhere in north Africa. I am clearly confusing him with someone else.

    :D I just came in from a lovely dinner of steak and steamed greens.

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 12:06

    Hello there, I see you come as someone decides that the goal might be a good place to do something in.

    They've all suddenly woken up. Perhaps it took them half an hour to warm up.

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 12:07

    :D I just came in from a lovely dinner of steak and steamed greens.

    I just woke up from dreaming something ridiculous happened at Le Mans

  • RG13/06/2010 at 12:07

    They've all suddenly woken up. Perhaps it took them half an hour to warm up.

    They have half an hour to warm up before the game.

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 12:07

    They have half an hour to warm up before the game.

    Oh. They're just rubbish then.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 12:08

    I thought he was from somewhere in north Africa. I am clearly confusing him with someone else.

    Probably Claude Makelele. He was born in Congo.

  • RG13/06/2010 at 12:08

    Oh. They're just rubbish then.

    Egypt should be there. Much better team.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 12:09

    I just woke up from dreaming something ridiculous happened at Le Mans

    I stopped watching it once the Peugeots were no longer dominant. :(

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 12:09

    Only because of the world cup could we be sitting here watching Algeria vs Slovenia

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 12:09

    Oh. They're just rubbish then.

    +1

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 12:09

    Only because of the world cup could we be sitting here watching Algeria vs Slovenia

    I want to watch Germany.

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 12:10

    They have half an hour to warm up before the game.

    Oh. They're just rubbish then.

    A lot of teams just don't want to lose a goal early in a game - especially their first game - so they don't take any risks for 20-30 mintes. Then they decide if they score a goal that is probably better than both teams defending when no-one is attacking

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 12:10

    I want to watch Germany.

    Vettel vs Webber should be good

    I mean Germany vs Australia

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 12:10

    I want to watch Germany.

    I want to see Germans win in all sports today. #comeonSebastian

  • RG13/06/2010 at 12:10

    I want to watch Germany.

    Germany v Australia should be a good match... shame I'll miss the 1st half. Ghana v Serbia could be either a goal fest or the greatest defensive battle seen.

  • Amy13/06/2010 at 12:11

    I want to watch Germany.

    They are expecting 18,000 to go watch it at the Melbourne live site. At 4.30am! In the middle of winter!

    I'd be tempted though, if I actually had tomorrow off. And I had someone else to go with.

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 12:11

    Goalkeeper could play for the interesting hair team

  • RG13/06/2010 at 12:11

    Germany v Australia should be a good match... shame I'll miss the 1st half. Ghana v Serbia could be either a goal fest or the greatest defensive battle seen.

    Actually scratch that, Ghana v Serbia will be the greatest defensive battle ever seen.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 12:12

    Goalkeeper could play for the interesting hair team

    I think Cisse could easily top that. :P

  • RG13/06/2010 at 12:12

    I think Cisse could easily top that. :P

    Or David James.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 12:12

    Actually scratch that, Ghana v Serbia will be the greatest defensive battle ever seen.

    Serbia is quite good going forward. But their goals are usually from set pieces so hope for a stop-start game.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 12:13

    Slovenia is really looking offensive now. That was quite a good shot.

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 12:13

    Serbia is quite good going forward. But their goals are usually from set pieces so hope for a stop-start game.

    I;m sure Vidic will munch down anyone who gets in his way anyways

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 12:15

    I;m sure Vidic will munch down anyone who gets in his way anyways

    Serbia will probably meet Spain in the semi-finals if they can go that far. I can't wait to see Vidic's face when he realises he'll have to contend with Torres AND Villa. :D

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 12:16

    Serbia will probably meet Spain in the semi-finals if they can go that far. I can't wait to see Vidic's face when he realises he'll have to contend with Torres AND Villa. :D

    S'alright, he'll just get himself sent off 10 minutes in ;)

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 12:17

    OMG Hanson has been getting fashion advice from EJ

  • RG13/06/2010 at 12:17

    Lets put it simply

    If England can't beat these teams, we truely are rubbish.

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 12:18

    OMG Hanson has been getting fashion advice from EJ

    It is his birthday today so maybe he's celebrating fashionably

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 12:19

    If England can't beat these teams, we truely are rubbish.

    I sincerely hoped that Capello was joking when he said that it would be a failure not to be in the finals. Now his renewed contract may be publicly burned in Times Square.

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 12:19

    First time I have seen the American goal. Oh dear

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 12:19

    BBC coverage goes

    Talk about the game for a minute

    England analysis

    Talk about englands next game

    Remind fans about england

    Remember there is another game on

  • bassanoclapper13/06/2010 at 12:20

    What's the verdict of England's performance yesterday?

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 12:20

    What's the verdict of England's performance yesterday?

    What happened to your name?

  • RG13/06/2010 at 12:20

    Talk about the game for a minute

    How can you talk about that game for more than a minute?!!!

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 12:20

    I sincerely hoped that Capello was joking when he said that it would be a failure not to be in the finals. Now his renewed contract may be publicly burned in Times Square.

    If England don't get to at least the Quarter Finals, it will be a failure for me

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 12:20

    First time I have seen the American goal. Oh dear

    Indeed. I thought only Calamity conceed goals like that but he may have infected the whole squad. :P

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 12:21

    How can you talk about that game for more than a minute?!!!

    They could've stretched it out!

    for like, 2 minutes

    :)

  • RG13/06/2010 at 12:22

    If England don't get to at least the Quarter Finals, it will be a failure for me

    If we don't score as many against Algeria and Slovenia as USA do, we could play Germany. Which will inevitably go to penalites, which we will inevitably get beat in.

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 12:22

    If we don't score as many against Algeria and Slovenia as USA do, we could play Germany. Which will inevitably go to penalites, which we will inevitably get beat in.

    ooh true enough.

  • Nick13/06/2010 at 12:22

    What's the verdict of England's performance yesterday?

    I heard someone who seemed to know about football say "they failed to play football"

    If this is the case we should replace them all.

    Which isnt a bad idea, send back all 11 of them, they werent good enough, why not let 11 other people have a go?

  • bassano13/06/2010 at 12:22

    What happened to your name?

    Oh yeah

    I guess I got Bassano'd last night

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 12:23

    I guess I got Bassano'd last night

    That it explains it. THought it might have been an imposter

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 12:24

    Which isnt a bad idea, send back all 11 of them, they werent good enough, why not let 11 other people have a go?

    Yes! I want to watch Russia! #andreifan

  • Amy13/06/2010 at 12:24

    That it explains it. THought it might have been an imposter

    I thought he might only be a clapper in Ireland.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 12:24

    If we don't score as many against Algeria and Slovenia as USA do, we could play Germany. Which will inevitably go to penalites, which we will inevitably get beat in.

    :D

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 12:26

    I have decided that David James should be the starting goalkeeper for England

    So how come you're friends with Muse?

    I have to confess I didn't know who Muse were! My musical taste is very eclectic within hip-hop and more so in dance music, but if you ask me about a band I haven't got a Scooby Doo. There was a couple of guys who'd mentioned Muse in the couple of years I've lived in Devon and I said, 'Ok fine, whatever'. Then Chris (Wolstenholme, bass) was invited to a Halloween party a few years ago and we got chatting.

    We get on with each other. They had the concert in Teignmouth last summer and I was invited down because I was injured, so we watched England play Slovenia round at his house and then jumped in a car and went down to the concert which was really fantastic. But all of a sudden I was hearing these songs thinking, 'Hang on, I recognise this one!', then I realised who they were!

    http://www.nme.com/blog/index.php?blog=10&p=8589&title=david_james_there_s_always_been_a_link_b&more=1&c=1

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 12:29

    I have decided that David James should be the starting goalkeeper for England

    That might guarantee the whole team can fly back to Europe in time for the Spanish or Dutch stops on the Muse tour. Which may not be a bad thing.

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 12:29

    Huh, Jake has just randomly appeared on the world cup about F1

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 12:30

    Zizou!!! He looks happy. :D

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 12:31

    Zizou!!! He looks happy. :D

    Zinedine Zidane played up front for the Rest of the World XI in a Soccer Aid charity match last week. His partner up front.

    Mike Myers. Yes, Austin Powers.

  • bassano13/06/2010 at 12:31

    I thought he might only be a clapper in Ireland.

    It was the Belfast hen night, they got me drunk!

  • RG13/06/2010 at 12:31

    Mike Myers. Yes, Austin Powers.

    And Mike Myers played better than him.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 12:31

    Mike Myers. Yes, Austin Powers.

    Well I bet Mike distracted the defenders while Zizou shipped the goals. :D

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 12:31

    And Mike Myers played better than him.

    He did :D

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 12:32

    Well I bet Mike distracted the defenders while Zizou shipped the goals. :D

    Zidane was rrrrrrrrubbish

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 12:32

    Benzema could have played for Algeria. Well at least that would've got him to the world cup...

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 12:32

    Zidane was rrrrrrrrubbish

    ... Headache? Or stomach-ache from laughing. :P

  • RG13/06/2010 at 12:33

    Benzema could have played for Algeria. Well at least that would've got him to the world cup...

    :D

    Well, 45 minutes of this match to live through.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 12:33

    Benzema could have played for Algeria. Well at least that would've got him to the world cup...

    Played for France in the lower levels so not allowed to play for other countries now.

  • RG13/06/2010 at 12:34

    Played for France in the lower levels so not allowed to play for other countries now.

    No, he can. Tons of these Algerians played for France at youth level.

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 12:35

    Played for France in the lower levels so not allowed to play for other countries now.

    Apparently that rule has changed now. I think players can play up to either under 19 or under 21 then switch countries

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 12:35

    No, he can. Tons of these Algerians played for France at youth level.

    I wonder if they will believe a bad French accent that sounds oddly welsh

    *scribbles out Lukinho plan*

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 12:36

    *scribbles out Lukinho plan*

    Sounds Brazilian.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 12:37

    Apparently that rule has changed now. I think players can play up to either under 19 or under 21 then switch countries

    Up to under 21. But Karim played before the rule changed.

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 12:39

    Up to under 21. But Karim played before the rule changed.

    Thanks

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 12:39

    Up to under 20. But Karim played before the rule changed.

    Ops. Corrected.

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 12:41

    Much better 2nd half so far

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 12:42

    Much better 2nd half so far

    There are more highlights in the players' hair than on the pitch

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 12:42

    tame effort. :(

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 12:42

    Hehe, I didn't realise the last person to score both France and Algeria's last world cup goals was Zidane...

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 12:43

    Hehe, I didn't realise the last person to score both France and Algeria's last world cup goals was Zidane...

    Although not the same one ;) just the same name.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 12:44

    Although not the same one ;) just the same name.

    Actually Zizou is of Algerian decent. But he chose to play for France.

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 12:45

    15 minutes to go. Audi 29 laps up on the first non-Audi

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 12:45

    OOPS wrong thread

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 12:47

    Even tamer effort. What is the defense doing?

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 12:48

    Someone should tell the New York Post something about this is wrong

    http://www.nypost.com/rf/image_lowres/nypost/2010/06/13/news/photos_stories/world_cup035853--480x180.jpg

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 12:48

    I find the fox silhouette on the Algerian kit quite cool. All national teams should have a cute animal as their mascot. Unlike a rooster.

  • RG13/06/2010 at 12:48

    http://www.nyp...up035853--480x180.jpg

    :D Least they didn't say tied.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 12:49

    Someone should tell the New York Post something about this is wrong

    :D

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 12:59

    oooh. Red Card.

  • RG13/06/2010 at 12:59

    What an absolute muppet.

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 12:59

    Ooh a sending off!

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 13:00

    You get yellow cards for handball?

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 13:00

    Does he secretly want to be a goalkeeper?

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 13:00

    What an absolute muppet.

    +1

    Will Slovenia capitalize or become France v0.000002?

  • RG13/06/2010 at 13:00

    You get yellow cards for handball?

    Delibrate handball, yes.

    I thought the ref was going to do a Graham Poll there, took ages to get the red out.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 13:01

    You get yellow cards for handball?

    Yes.

    Does he secretly want to be a goalkeeper?

    You never know.

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 13:01

    oooh. Red Card.

    missed it

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 13:01

    You get yellow cards for handball?

    Like we said yesterday christine, no picking it up and throwing it at someone if it hits you :P

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 13:02

    missed it

    Double yellow. The upstart substitute. Reminds me for the Uru-Fra match.

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 13:02

    Double yellow. The upstart substitute. Reminds me for the Uru-Fra match.

    Indeed, both sending offs have been subs

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 13:02

    Like we said yesterday christine, no picking it up and throwing it at someone if it hits you :P

    I see. So I would have to be a goalkeeper then.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 13:03

    I see. So I would have to be a goalkeeper then.

    I thought you were the referee?

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 13:04

    Ooooooooooh defender fail

  • RG13/06/2010 at 13:04

    Stupid defender.

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 13:04

    Oooh.

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 13:04

    I see. So I would have to be a goalkeeper then.

    I thought you were the referee?

    A lot of goalkeepers want to referee games

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 13:04

    Ooooooooooh defender fail

    Stupid defender.

    Actually the goalkeeper shouldn't have passed it to the defender when the attacker is so close in the first place.

  • RG13/06/2010 at 13:05

    A lot of goalkeepers want to referee games

    We know what were doing.

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 13:05

    gooooooooooooal!

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 13:05

    SLOVENIA SCORES!

  • RG13/06/2010 at 13:06

    Now that was the keepers fault

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 13:06

    Goal!

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 13:06

    Lotus scored :)

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 13:06

    Interesting celebrations.

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 13:06

    I love the world cup celebrations :D

    on the world cup 2010 game you can just fall over face first into the floor. Best celebration ever, I want someone to do it

  • RG13/06/2010 at 13:06

    Didn't even have body behind the ball, shocking.

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 13:06

    SLOVENIA SCORES!

    Missed that as well. I need more eyes

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 13:07

    Lotus scored :)

    :D They are better than Virgin anyway.

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 13:07

    on the world cup 2010 game you can just fall over face first into the floor. Best celebration ever, I want someone to do it

    http://www.easportsfootball.co.uk/media/play/video/18767767

    Link is quite loud, silly volume

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 13:09

    Is that bad for England?

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 13:10

    Is that bad for England?

    If Algeria can't equalize, yes.

    Because it means Slovenia will lead the group. :D

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 13:11

    Is that bad for England?

    They are in the same group as England but Englnd surely won't lose to these two teams when they play them

    surely.

  • bassano13/06/2010 at 13:11

    They are in the same group as England but Englnd surely won't lose to these two teams when they play them

    surely.

    As long as there are no penalties

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 13:12
  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 13:12

    Dahveed just... died.

    its such a bizarre celebration :D

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 13:14

    its such a bizarre celebration :D

    Spain's celebrations are usually so violent (broken fingers and all), this seemed so peaceful in comparison.

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 13:17

    its such a bizarre celebration :D

    That is ace!

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 13:19

    That is ace!

    There are like, 40 different celebrations on there. My favourite is running onto the goaline and moonwalking as well as that dive :)

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 13:24

    Build up to the next match has started on ITV. You just can't get a break today

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 13:29

    Build up to the next match has started on ITV. You just can't get a break today

    That is what will happen for the next 2 weeks since there will be 3 matches each day and the break between match 1 and 2 is just half an hour.

  • RG13/06/2010 at 13:30

    Awesome celebration: http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/media/image/201006/phplYAVr9Sloveniacelebrate.jpg

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 13:31

    Awesome celebration: http://cdn.clo...Sloveniacelebrate.jpg

    Would Mike Gascoyne approve

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 13:32

    Awesome celebration: http://cdn.clo...Sloveniacelebrate.jpg

    I like the 3rd guy from the left. He's really enjoying himself there

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 13:32

    Awesome celebration: http://cdn.clo...Sloveniacelebrate.jpg

    I think all teams practice celebrations except for England. Stevie G just did his usual routine. :(

  • RG13/06/2010 at 13:34

    BBC picked a panormaic view of Cape Town with a beautiful backdrop.

    ITV picked a standard view of Johannesburg, with a stadium in the background somewhere, with a lot of nothing in between.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 13:35

    My commentary is building up to the Ghana-Germany clash between the Boatengs.

    A bit like the Schumachers really.

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 13:38

    I love hearing Jonsi on the ITV coverage :D

  • RG13/06/2010 at 13:41

    Interesting stat

    Only 8 goals in first 6 #WorldCup games. Average 1.33 goals per game. Lowest ever? 2.21 goals per game (1990)

    From OliverKayTimes

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 13:52

    It's the Ghana keeper's birthday! Will he have a happy one?

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 13:53

    I have a buzzing in my ear again.

    The official charity of this tournament should be something to do with tinnitus

  • RG13/06/2010 at 13:54

    Groups D and E are officially awesome. I love it.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 13:55

    Groups D and E are officially awesome. I love it.

    I still think G will be the most entertaining.

  • RG13/06/2010 at 13:57

    I still think G will be the most entertaining.

    I think that group is quite dull the more you look at it. I love these groups, any one of them could literally qualify. Its brilliant.

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 14:01

    They just shot from kick off???

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 14:01

    They just shot from kick off???

    An impudent start, he said.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 14:01

    I think that group is quite dull the more you look at it. I love these groups, any one of them could literally qualify. Its brilliant.

    Well we shall see. I am counting on N. Korea to be the underdog that comes good.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 14:01

    An impudent start, he said.

    :D

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 14:02

    An impudent start, he said.

    I do that on the FIFA and World Cup game I mentioned. Clearly theyve been watching me

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 14:02

    Lots of teams are in white, aren't they?

  • RG13/06/2010 at 14:02

    Lots of teams are in white, aren't they?

    International kits have no originality. Just like F1 teams.

  • bassano13/06/2010 at 14:03

    Lots of teams are in white, aren't they?

    White is a popular flag colour

    #blameApple

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 14:03

    International kits have no originality. Just like F1 teams.

    Where as wales have red or yellow/green

    #justsaying

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 14:03

    Lots of teams are in white, aren't they?

    For some reason a lot of the African teams play in green

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 14:03

    oooooooooh Chris Coleman is commenting!!!! yay!!!

  • RG13/06/2010 at 14:04

    oooooooooh Chris Coleman is commenting!!!! yay!!!

    The only Welshman who made it to South Africa...

  • bassano13/06/2010 at 14:04

    For some reason a lot of the African teams play in green

    Almost every African flag contains green

    Symbolic of the earth I guess

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 14:04

    oooooooooh Chris Coleman is commenting!!!! yay!!!

    Is that good?

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 14:04

    The only Welshman who made it to South Africa...

    :)

    he's making a nation PROUD.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 14:06

    For some reason a lot of the African teams play in green

    Europeans teams also like blue. And call themselves blue while they're at it.

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 14:12

    Very subtly putting the hip into him.

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 14:12

    That's not a very soft landing.

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 14:16

    Ghana look like they could play great attacking football all week and never score. As soon as they get within 10-12 yards of goal they look clueless

  • bassano13/06/2010 at 14:16

    I love Alex's explanation of football

    Pure Giggles :D

  • me13/06/2010 at 14:17

    the longest right leg? someone else has the longest left?

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 14:18

    I love Alex's explanation of football

    Pure Giggles :D

    Just read it. Seems good to me. Someone needs to explain to him that even if every game in a group is drawn one team can still be group winner on goals scored though

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 14:18

    the longest right leg? someone else has the longest left?

    More gadget legs?

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 14:18

    the longest right leg? someone else has the longest left?

    Crouch.

  • me13/06/2010 at 14:18

    More gadget legs?

    must. half a gadget.

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 14:18

    Cynical foul

  • me13/06/2010 at 14:18

    Crouch.

    :)

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 14:21

    Oooooooooooooh that was a fantastic cross in

  • me13/06/2010 at 14:22

    sun city still exists?

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 14:24

    sun city still exists?

    I must admit I had a smile at the thought of how the people who started it would feel about the Ghana team staying there.

    It makes a lot of money for the tax man so it is still there

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 14:24

    oh. Bad landing there. :(

  • Nick13/06/2010 at 14:24

    sun city still exists?

    they have a chain called one & only and they run this...

    http://www.atlantisthepalm.com

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 14:25

    they have a chain called one & only and they run this...

    Chesney Haks is in Sun City? ;)

  • me13/06/2010 at 14:25

    I must admit I had a smile at the thought of how the people who started it would feel about the Ghana team staying there.

    ha.

    It makes a lot of money for the tax man so it is still there

    silvio must have a something to say about that :)

  • me13/06/2010 at 14:25

    Chesney Haks is in Sun City? ;)

    :D

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 14:26

    Chesney Haks is in Sun City? ;)

    My w has gone awol now

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 14:27

    Looks like you have to wear yellow boots to be in the Ghana wall. How odd

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 14:28

    Looks like you have to wear yellow boots to be in the Ghana wall. How odd

    Marking system. Wall in yellows, goal keeper in orange, dead ball specialists in red.

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 14:29

    That goalkeeper is scary!

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 14:29

    Looks like you have to wear yellow boots to be in the Ghana wall. How odd

    Same again. 4 players in the wall all wearing yellow boots

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 14:30

    Marking system. Wall in yellows, goal keeper in orange, dead ball specialists in red.

    Good system

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 14:30

    That goalkeeper is scary!

    Goalkeepers are known for being crazy and shouty

  • me13/06/2010 at 14:30

    Goalkeepers are known for being crazy and shouty

    have you met rg?

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 14:30

    Goalkeepers are known for being crazy and shouty

    I don't want to be one of them then.

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 14:31

    have you met rg?

    Nope

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 14:31

    Serbia is really quite innovative with their free kicks. I am starting to fancy them for the odd 1-0 win.

  • RG13/06/2010 at 14:31

    have you met rg?

    I'm quiet usually, not when I'm playing football though.

  • me13/06/2010 at 14:32

    Nope

    no, me neither thinking about it.

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 14:32

    Serbia is really quite innovative with their free kicks. I am starting to fancy them for the odd 1-0 win.

    I think 0-0. Ghana do great build up then don't seem to know how to turn that into goals and Serbia just don't convince me yet.

  • me13/06/2010 at 14:33

    I'm quiet usually, not when I'm playing football though.

    i'm not having it. shouty rg doesn't work for me.

  • RG13/06/2010 at 14:33

    i'm not having it. shouty rg doesn't work for me.

    You can't be quiet when your in goal, just doesn't work.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 14:34

    You can't be quiet when your in goal, just doesn't work.

    +1

    San Iker is said to lambast the Real Madrid defense before every dead ball situation whether they are doing well or not. :D

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 14:36

    You can't be quiet when your in goal, just doesn't work.

    I spent a season watching a team with a keeper who wouldn't shout or speak. Soul destroying. He was good at everything else but lost a load of goals

  • RG13/06/2010 at 14:40

    This ball is bouncing all over the place. Any normal ball and that keeper would have save it easily.

  • me13/06/2010 at 14:46

    This ball is bouncing all over the place. Any normal ball and that keeper would have save it easily.

    did they change it just to be awkward?

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 14:47

    did they change it just to be awkward?

    I suspect so. It is behaving practically like that beach ball.

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 14:49

    did they change it just to be awkward?

    This happens every world cup. Adidasbring out a new ball they say is the bestest, roundest most perfectest ball ever and everyone else says it is rubbish

  • me13/06/2010 at 14:50

    This happens every world cup. Adidasbring out a new ball they say is the bestest, roundest most perfectest ball ever and everyone else says it is rubbish

    :)

  • me13/06/2010 at 14:51

    why is round good though? surely we've been able to manufacture a perfect sphere for about 40 years. it must be non-round by choice?

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 14:53

    why is round good though? surely we've been able to manufacture a perfect sphere for about 40 years. it must be non-round by choice?

    A ball is never perfectly round because of the joins between the panels and because it is inflated plastic which changes shape with heat, humidity air pressure inide and out

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 15:06

    Serbia much more offensive now. Kick up the behind by the manager?

  • RG13/06/2010 at 15:10

    The chance of the game.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 15:10

    The officials in this match are quite lousy. Either that or they are almost falling asleep due to boredom.

  • RG13/06/2010 at 15:17

    I fancy getting all the teams, and get them on a shooting course. Some of the finishing has been rubbish

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 15:18

    I fancy getting all the teams, and get them on a shooting course. Some of the finishing has been rubbish

    :D practice penalties. (esp for England?)

  • RG13/06/2010 at 15:20

    :D practice penalties. (esp for England?)

    When it comes to that stage, yes.

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 15:21

    He should get a red card for that

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 15:22

    He should get a red card for that

    who? the Serb?

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 15:22

    How did Serbia end up with the decision?

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 15:22

    who? the Serb?

    Yes. He bodychecked the Ghanaian

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 15:24

    How did Serbia end up with the decision?

    The previous one should have gone Ghana's way, but for the last one the striker threw himself at the defender when he realized he had no where to go. Looked like a partial dive to me.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 15:24

    Yes. He bodychecked the Ghanaian

    Bodychecks usually only get yellow cards, if even that.

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 15:26

    Bodychecks usually only get yellow cards, if even that.

    I have argued that with a lot of referees. To me if a defender just body checks a player he should go straight off.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 15:26

    Aw. Big guy goes off.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 15:28

    I have argued that with a lot of referees. To me if a defender just body checks a player he should go straight off.

    EPL is especially guilty of giving alot of leeway for bodychecking.

    I think that's why Vidic fears Torres. He does bodychecking quite a lot, but Torres (unlike most other strikers) tends to shrug it off or even shove him away.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 15:30

    Another send off. This WC is high on red cards isn't it?

  • RG13/06/2010 at 15:31

    Another red card? We're seeing more reds than goals.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 15:31

    I officially think that that official ought to be sacked. Immediately.

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 15:31

    Another send off. This WC is high on red cards isn't it?

    Missed that as well. Too much sport this weekend

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 15:32

    Missed that as well. Too much sport this weekend

    Aw.

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 15:32

    Aw.

    Which team lost a player?

  • RG13/06/2010 at 15:33

    Which team lost a player?

    Serbia, Lukovic, second yellow apparantly.

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 15:34

    Serbia, Lukovic, second yellow apparantly.

    Thanks

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 15:35

    Soooo close!

  • RG13/06/2010 at 15:36

    Serbia, man down, with best chance of the match

  • Adie13/06/2010 at 15:36

    I've been so *pumped* for this world cup, but 3 days in and it's left me feeling very flat.

    The games have been boring, low scoring affairs - and the Vuvuzuelas. Argh!

    I was one of the people who experienced the perfectly timed ITV HD outage last night too.

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 15:37

    Serbia, man down, with best chance of the match

    How often have you seen that happen? I have lost count of the number of times 10 men beat 11

  • RG13/06/2010 at 15:38

    I've been so *pumped* for this world cup, but 3 days in and it's left me feeling very flat.

    Am with you, expected more, I know the first games aren't usually the best, but, come on... this is rubbish.

    I was one of the people who experienced the perfectly timed ITV HD outage last night too.

    With ya there. Adrian Chiles apology was just.not.enough

  • RG13/06/2010 at 15:38

    How often have you seen that happen? I have lost count of the number of times 10 men beat 11

    I remember, few seasons back, Spurs v Everton. Everton go down to 10 men early on and go on to win 2-0.

  • RG13/06/2010 at 15:39

    PENALTY!!

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 15:39

    PENALTY!

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 15:39

    Obvious handball there.

  • Adie13/06/2010 at 15:40

    PENALTY!!

    What was he thinking?

  • RG13/06/2010 at 15:40

    Obvious handball there.

    Watch him miss the pen now we've got all excited

  • Adie13/06/2010 at 15:40

    Bet he misses.

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 15:40

    I've been so *pumped* for this world cup, but 3 days in and it's left me feeling very flat.

    Am with you, expected more, I know the first games aren't usually the best, but, come on... this is rubbish.

    First games are usually disappointing

  • Alison13/06/2010 at 15:40

    I was one of the people who experienced the perfectly timed ITV HD outage last night too.

    Hahaha oh dear. Right over the goal? What are the chances....

  • RG13/06/2010 at 15:40

    Bet he misses.

    Heh, perhaps not.

  • Adie13/06/2010 at 15:40

    Bet he misses.

    Good pen!

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 15:41

    Bet he misses.

    Ops. He scores. :D

  • RG13/06/2010 at 15:43

    This game has went up 4/5 gears.

  • RG13/06/2010 at 15:46

    Ghana goal: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iL2_vZerZs&feature=player_embedded

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 15:50

    FULL TIME. GHANA WINS!

  • RG13/06/2010 at 15:50

    Full time, Serbia 0-1 Ghana. First African victory of the tournament.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 15:54

    Switchover for F1?

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 17:44

    1st back to football. Positively horrid RB showing. :(

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 18:01

    Oooh. Wembley look-alike.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 18:21

    Come on Germany! Get the goals flowing in this tournament!

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 18:23

    Here we go, am hoping this will be a good match.

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 18:24

    Part of the F1 national anthem again.

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 18:25

    Another team in white???

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 18:25

    German national anthem reminds me of Schumacher. Luckily they're not playign Italy so it wont be followed up by the Italian one :D

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 18:25

    Another team in white???

    #sorrychristine

    #walesplayinredthough

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 18:25

    Part of the F1 national anthem again.

    Possible full anthem during the semis if Italy make it. :D

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 18:26

    Another team in white???

    But the Germans have ALWAYS played (and won) in white.

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 18:26

    But the Germans have ALWAYS played (and won) in white.

    Whereas Wales have always played in red and, urm, lost.

    oops.

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 18:27

    Whereas Wales have always played in red and, urm, lost.

    Hehehe.

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 18:28

    Possible full anthem during the semis if Italy make it. :D

    That would be weird, but kinda fun.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 18:28

    Why is Zakumi not appearing in every match? I want to see the mascot! :(

  • Amy13/06/2010 at 18:28

    Whereas Wales have always played in red and, urm, lost.

    New Zealand play in white and lose. Being called the All Whites kind of gives us a right to the colour though. Everyone else should change.

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 18:28

    Another team in white???

    If you were the ref you could tell them white clashes with whatever the other team wear and make them change

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 18:28

    PHILIPP!!! (reminds me of sebastian, actually)

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 18:28

    New Zealand play in white and lose. Being called the All Whites kind of gives us a right to the colour though. Everyone else should change.

    All Whites doesn't quite sound as good as All Blacks

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 18:29

    PHILIPP!!! (reminds me of sebastian, actually)

    Or, seeing as I started watching football first, Seb reminds me of him.

    (hearts) Lahm.

  • Amy13/06/2010 at 18:29

    All Whites doesn't quite sound as good as All Blacks

    sometimes they wear black too, they are such liars.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 18:30

    sometimes they wear black too, they are such liars.

    :D

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 18:30

    Or, seeing as I started watching football first, Seb reminds me of him.

    (hearts) Lahm.

    You like your defenders :)

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 18:30

    You like your defenders :)

    And am proud of it. Torres-Villa is my vice, though.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 18:31

    BTW, why are the 'green-and-gold' team in black?

  • me13/06/2010 at 18:31

    so who's supporting who today?

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 18:31

    BTW, why are the 'green-and-gold' team in black?

    I mean deep dark almost black blue.

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 18:32

    so who's supporting who today?

    Australia for me

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 18:32

    so who's supporting who today?

    Germany all the way.

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 18:33

    Oooooooooooh good start by cahill :D

  • me13/06/2010 at 18:33

    Australia for me

    Germany all the way.

    who should i support?

    and why?

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 18:34

    Good block by Philipp. Thank god they have defenders at both poles.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 18:34

    who should i support?

    GERMANY

    and why?

    cause they have cute players

    I mean they have more pedigree in football. ;)

  • me13/06/2010 at 18:35

    cause they have cute players

    ok

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 18:35

    GERMANY


    But don't they normally beat us?

  • Alison13/06/2010 at 18:35

    Does Ballack still play for germany or is he too old? I'll support them if he still plays. I like him.

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 18:35

    For those of you new to football Germany always start these championships badly then get better then always get at least to the semi-finals

  • me13/06/2010 at 18:36

    For those of you new to football Germany always start these championships badly then get better then always get at least to the semi-finals

    like us?

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 18:36

    Does Ballack still play for germany or is he too old? I'll support them if he still plays. I like him.

    He is out injured. His replacement for the captainship is wayyy cooler though.

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 18:36

    who should i support?

    Australia because they got eliminated unfairly in the last world cup :(

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 18:36

    For those of you new to football Germany always start these championships badly then get better then always get at least to the semi-finals

    You mean the finals. They always seem to appear there whether they were good before or not.

  • me13/06/2010 at 18:37

    like us?

    Australia because they got eliminated unfairly in the last world cup :(

    what happened?

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 18:37

    BREAK! COME ON!

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 18:37

    like us?

    Nope. England have only ever got as far as the semi twice

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 18:37

    what happened?

    Italy cheated. As usual.

  • me13/06/2010 at 18:37

    Italy cheated. As usual.

    :)

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 18:37

    what happened?

    Italy cheated and got a penalty in the last minute after Australia were plying far better than them all game

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 18:38

    Podolski already!

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 18:38

    LUKAS SCORESSSS!

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 18:38

    He's onside too, well played

  • me13/06/2010 at 18:38

    nice shot

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 18:38

    I call for at least 3 goals. Maybe 5? :P

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 18:39

    I call for at least 3 goals. Maybe 5? :P

    3-2 to australia *runs*

    Germany will probably win

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 18:39

    Did he know that other guy was there? He was so far behind him!

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 18:40

    3-2 to australia *runs*

    If Australia scores 2 it will probably be 5-2. Germany is good at the 'you score four we score more' thing. RE: Turkey in Euro08.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 18:40

    Did he know that other guy was there? He was so far behind him!

    Instinct. Mannshaft works as a team. ;)

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 18:40

    Still very sad that Robert Enke isn;t around to be Germany's No. 1 in goals :( he was a good keeper.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 18:41

    nice shot

    I realised Lukas quite possibly play better for Germany than any of his clubs. Which is a nice change from the usual star players playing well for their clubs and failing for their country.

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 18:41

    Still very sad that Robert Enke isn;t around to be Germany's No. 1 in goals :( he was a good keeper.

    Very sad

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 18:41

    Hehehe yellow carded for diving!

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 18:42

    Still very sad that Robert Enke isn;t around to be Germany's No. 1 in goals :( he was a good keeper.

    :( RIP.

    He was a very troubled man.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 18:42

    Hehehe yellow carded for diving!

    I wonder how this referee would deal with CR. ;)

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 18:46

    We are having a discussion... what exactly does a captain do? If you could relate it to F1 that would help :)

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 18:46

    We are having a discussion... what exactly does a captain do? If you could relate it to F1 that would help :)

    He makes the team orders :P

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 18:47

    He makes the team orders :P

    Nah a captain is the main figurehead for the players in the team, someone to organise them on the pitch and be the main focus of the team I suppose. Perhaps see them as a link between the manager and the players...

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 18:47

    He makes the team orders :P

    Ah.

    Because Mr C said a goalkeeper could be captain, but I thought they should be more Gerrard-y and run around in the middle.

  • Nick13/06/2010 at 18:48

    We are having a discussion... what exactly does a captain do? If you could relate it to F1 that would help :)

    Absoloutly nothing,

    Its completly meaningless, although the press get very excited about the "honour of it all".

    I guess its a bit like an unimportant lollypop man who just tosses a coin

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 18:48

    Nah a captain is the main figurehead for the players in the team, someone to organise them on the pitch and be the main focus of the team I suppose. Perhaps see them as a link between the manager and the players...

    Like Rob!

  • Alison13/06/2010 at 18:48

    We are having a discussion... what exactly does a captain do? If you could relate it to F1 that would help :)

    He should also keep the players calm. Stop them getting angry and getting themselves sent off unnecessarily etc.

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 18:48

    Its completly meaningless, although the press get very excited about the "honour of it all".

    I wouldn't say it's meaningless unless your team has a really crappy captain.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 18:49

    We are having a discussion... what exactly does a captain do? If you could relate it to F1 that would help :)

    Captainship can depend on position. Inspirational midfielders like Zinedine tend to make everyone perform better just with his presence. Leading strikers like Raul bag goals and decide how the attack works. Defensive captains like Fabio Cannavaro organize defense and are usually the most like a manager. Goalkeeper captains like San Iker and pushy and penalty heroes.

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 18:49

    We are having a discussion... what exactly does a captain do? If you could relate it to F1 that would help :)

    You discuss things outside the comments.

    His duties are limited. He is responsible for deciding whether to call heads or tails in the coin toss at the start. If the referee decides a team is not behaving he can ask the captain to have a word with them to calm things down

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 18:49

    You discuss things outside the comments.

    But we fail!

  • Alison13/06/2010 at 18:49

    Like Rob!

    I was thinking like Rob. Stay cool Felipe, stay cool!!

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 18:49

    Like Rob!

    He'd be a good calming influence. :D

  • Nick13/06/2010 at 18:51

    Surely force india has the same top speed? same engine? they cant have better aero?

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 18:52

    Damn. No one got to that. :(

  • me13/06/2010 at 18:53

    what a miss

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 18:53

    How did he miss that?!!!!

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 18:53

    KLOSE! You fail! :(

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 18:54

    Also

    Miroslav Klose = David Tennant

  • Nick13/06/2010 at 18:54

    Can someone explain what the vuvuzela are actually for?

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 18:54

    Lukas would have BURIED that.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 18:54

    Can someone explain what the vuvuzela are actually for?

    Making noise :D

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 18:54

    Miroslav Klose = David Tennant

    http://caixapretafc.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/klose.jpg

    http://animoscrypt.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/david-tennant-26.jpg

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 18:55

    Miroslav Klose = David Tennant

    :D

    I bet even Tennant would have buried that.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 18:56

    Oooooh. Nice run by Philipp.

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 18:56

    I bet even Tennant would have buried that.

    Would've gone back in time and tried again

    2-0, Tennant scores

  • me13/06/2010 at 18:56

    better

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 18:56

    Klose scores. well.

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 18:56

    Can someone explain what the vuvuzela are actually for?

    Apparently it is what South African fans do rather than sing, chant or question the referees parentage

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 18:56

    I'm gonna say 5-0 Germany

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 18:57

    Look at that pin-point cross! Philipp = AWESOME. :D

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 18:57

    Well done David tennant

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 18:57

    Apparently it is what South African fans do rather than sing, chant or question the referees parentage

    More annoying, and you can't fault them for saying bad words. ;)

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 18:58

    Please ignore my previous comment about Germany always starting badly. CLearly I don't know what I am talking about

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 18:58

    Yet another fail bicycle kick. Why do these lesser teams try for the spectacular when they can't even do the basics well?

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 18:58

    Please ignore my previous comment about Germany always starting badly. CLearly I don't know what I am talking about

    I think it's rude of them to go against what you said

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 18:59

    Well done David tennant

    If I'd known he played, I would have started watching football a lot earlier.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 18:59

    I think it's rude of them to go against what you said

    :D

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 19:00

    I think it's rude of them to go against what you said

    :D

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 19:00

    off the line!

    germany are destroying them

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 19:00

    Lol. Over-confident there. :D

  • Nick13/06/2010 at 19:03

    hehe, is DC having a Beer?

  • me13/06/2010 at 19:05

    looked like that hurt :(

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 19:05

    looked like that hurt :(

    That did. And Germany can't afford to lose Bastian. :(

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 19:07

    Aw... Muller did a great run there.

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 19:07

    There is someone called Emerson? I thought he was stewarding.

  • me13/06/2010 at 19:07

    Aw... Muller did a great run there.

    impressive control

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 19:08

    There is someone called Emerson? I thought he was stewarding.

    :D

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 19:08

    There is someone called Emerson? I thought he was stewarding.

    Emerton not Emerson

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 19:08

    Emerton not Emerson

    Although one of Middlesbrough's more famous players in the past was called Emerson

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 19:08

    There is someone called Emerson? I thought he was stewarding.

    ROFL

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 19:09

    I make that 5 or 6 chances that should've been scored now

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 19:09

    Look at Philipp being awesome again! If Germany wins this whole thing, I bet he'll be player of the tournament. :D

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 19:09

    I make that 5 or 6 chances that should've been scored now

    That was just a little behind him so he was stretching back to head it

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 19:10

    Okay. That was the 7th chance.

  • me13/06/2010 at 19:10

    these people are really good

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 19:10

    I was expecting him to go down then :)

  • me13/06/2010 at 19:10

    why can't we do this?

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 19:10

    That man was good!

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 19:10

    Well done on Mark though. #IcantbelieveIsaidthat

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 19:11

    why can't we do this?

    Because you aren't Germany? Germany be it East, West or combined, has always done football proud.

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 19:11

    why can't we do this?

    Maybe we could swap their shirts with Englands? That my be their power, they look similar, they won;t notice

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 19:12

    Maybe we could swap their shirts with Englands? That my be their power, they look similar, they won;t notice

    :D

  • me13/06/2010 at 19:12

    Maybe we could swap their shirts with Englands? That my be their power, they look similar, they won;t notice

    best plan yet

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 19:12

    How is it Germany aren't the favourites? Spain must be reeeeeally good.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 19:13

    Aussie captain ain't happy.

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 19:13

    I worry that Australia were playing the wrong sport in their preperation.

    Although they should easily qualify for a Aussie Rules Football world cup

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 19:13

    How is it Germany aren't the favourites? Spain must be reeeeeally good.

    Oh just you watch. They pass just like this except both their strikers would have scored 14 goals from those 7 chances.

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 19:13

    Do you think we should have David Tennant on our dream team?

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 19:14

    Do you think we should have David Tennant on our dream team?

    We should!

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 19:14

    Although they should easily qualify for a Aussie Rules Football world cup

    You can explain Aussie rules to Christine when she asks. Any sport with four goal posts at each end and gives points for a behind is something I refuse to try to explain

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 19:14

    You've got me saying We now, I'm not even english!

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 19:14

    Do you think we should have David Tennant on our dream team?

    Yes please. :D

  • me13/06/2010 at 19:14

    You've got me saying We now, I'm not even english!

    :D

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 19:15

    Do you think we should have David Tennant on our dream team?

    We should have lookalikes

  • me13/06/2010 at 19:15

    interestingly, i've never said "we" anything about f1.

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 19:15

    You can explain Aussie rules to Christine when she asks. Any sport with four goal posts at each end and gives points for a behind is something I refuse to try to explain

    Based on transworld sport, what you do is fight people on a cricket pitch and have a man standing behind 4 poles who points when you do the thing on the ball

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 19:15

    You've got me saying We now, I'm not even english!

    It's a Sidepoddreamteam, nothing to do with countries.

  • Amy13/06/2010 at 19:15

    You can explain Aussie rules to Christine when she asks. Any sport with four goal posts at each end and gives points for a behind is something I refuse to try to explain

    that annoys me too. "Oh, you missed the goal? never mind, have a point for trying"

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 19:16

    that annoys me too. "Oh, you missed the goal? never mind, have a point for trying"

    I know. 4 goal posts and no crossbar. How can you not score?

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 19:16

    What is David Tennant's real name?

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 19:16

    Bah. 2-0 only. I want a record breaking match!

    Half-time break.

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 19:17

    What is David Tennant's real name?

    Miroslav Klose

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 19:17

    What is David Tennant's real name?

    Miroslav Klose

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 19:18

    That half went very quick didnt it?

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 19:18

    Sidepoddreamteam so far: http://sidepodcast.wikia.com/wiki/Sidepoddreamteam_-_2010_World_Cup

  • me13/06/2010 at 19:19

    That half went very quick didnt it?

    very. i thought itv screwed up again :)

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 19:19

    Sidepoddreamteam so far: http://sidepod...team_-_2010_World_Cup

    :D

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 19:19

    What is David Tennant's real name?

    Miroslav Klose

    His middle name is Marian?

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 19:19

    His middle name is Marian?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miroslav_Klose

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 19:19

    That half went very quick didnt it?

    Tons of opportunities and good fluid football.

    Best match of the tournament so far, though I bet Netherlands will bring more of the same tomorrow.

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 19:20

    Best match of the tournament so far, though I bet Netherlands will bring more of the same tomorrow.

    Holland are my chosen team to win it, I like something different :)

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 19:21

    Holland are my chosen team to win it, I like something different :)

    But they dropped Ruud altogether. :(

  • me13/06/2010 at 19:21

    mental celebrations

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 19:21

    its edgar davids!!!!

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 19:22

    But they dropped Ruud altogether. :(

    Is that the Nistleroy fella?

  • Amy13/06/2010 at 19:22

    Sidepoddreamteam so far: http://sidepod...team_-_2010_World_Cup

    I would have Novak Djokovic. Because I like him as a tennis player so I'm sure I'd like him as a football player.

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 19:22

    its edgar davids!!!!

    Yes

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 19:22

    mental celebrations

    Amazingly, Eurovision celebrations were bigger

    #onlyingermany

  • RG13/06/2010 at 19:22

    Helllo everyone

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 19:22

    Is that the Nistleroy fella?

    OMG How?

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 19:22

    Yes

    I didnt realise he was a pundit. He had the best glasses ever

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 19:22

    Is that the Nistleroy fella?

    Amazing, Christine.

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 19:22

    Helllo everyone

    Hey RG

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 19:23

    OMG How?

    I don't actually know.

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 19:23

    its edgar davids!!!!

    Shame he isn't still playing. He would have made the SPC dream team for playing in gadget glasses

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 19:23

    I would have Novak Djokovic. Because I like him as a tennis player so I'm sure I'd like him as a football player.

    :D

  • RG13/06/2010 at 19:23

    Shame he isn't still playing. He would have made the SPC dream team for playing in gadget glasses

    And was awesome for Spurs, so +10 points.

  • Amy13/06/2010 at 19:24
  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 19:24

    Is that the Nistleroy fella?

    You are doing great so far, Christine.

    Nistelrooy, though

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 19:24
  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 19:24

    Siphiwe Tshabalala (bless you!) - South Africa

    :D:D:D

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 19:24

    And was awesome for Spurs, so +10 points.

    I sense an RG rankings.

  • Amy13/06/2010 at 19:24

    Sleep

    forums not finished!

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 19:25

    You are doing great so far, Christine.

    Nistelrooy, though

    Ah-ha :)

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 19:25

    That south african player name reminds me of eric djemba djemba

    So bad he had his silly name twice

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 19:25

    If Amy can have Djoker on the team, I call for Fernando Alonso.

    Or actually any random Fernando will do. I bet they're all good at sports anyway. :D

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 19:26

    James May is on the german coaching team!!

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 19:27

    If Amy can have Djoker on the team, I call for Fernando Alonso.

    Or actually any random Fernando will do. I bet they're all good at sports anyway. :D

    There is an Alonso in the SPanish team

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 19:28

    There is an Alonso in the SPanish team

    Xabi(er). I want a FERNANDO. :P

  • me13/06/2010 at 19:28

    There is an Alonso in the SPanish team

    there is?

    awesome!

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 19:28

    Xabi(er). I want a FERNANDO. :P

    You have one.

    Torres.

    :P

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 19:29

    Torres.

    2 actually. We also have Llorente. But Fernandos from other sports seem more fun. How about Verdasco?

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 19:30

    *sigh*

  • Amy13/06/2010 at 19:30

    2 actually. We also have Llorente. But Fernandos from other sports seem more fun. How about Verdasco?

    om nom nom. In some pictures he looks a bit like Delicious.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 19:30

    awesome!

    Was on a great Liverpool side. Then he left and they dropped to 7th.

    Really good at half-line goals.

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 19:31

    James Corden and Boris Becker. I can think of no one more qualified to talk about the world cup. Except maybe me.

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 19:31

    James Corden and Boris Becker. I can think of no one more qualified to talk about the world cup. Except maybe me.

    :D

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 19:31

    James Corden and Boris Becker. I can think of no one more qualified to talk about the world cup. Except maybe me.

    Seconded.

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 19:31

    Wow, what a stupid start

  • RG13/06/2010 at 19:31

    Was on a great Liverpool side. Then he left and they dropped to 7th.

    Really good at half-line goals.

    I just love showing that every now and then up here.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 19:32

    om nom nom. In some pictures he looks a bit like Delicious.

    :D

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 19:33

    I just love showing that every now and then up here.

    Scoring two consecutive half-line goals was classic. I remember Stevie G's face. :D

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 19:34

    oooh. Penalty?

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 19:36

    Can we have another goal now please?

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 19:36

    Can we have another goal now please?

    They've been out there five minutes. It's about time. :)

  • RG13/06/2010 at 19:36

    Can we have another goal now please?

    It would be nice to have a game with more than two goals in it.

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 19:37

    Joachim Low (Germany manager) did say that he wants his players to go out and humiliate the other team so more goals are necessary

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 19:37

    They've been out there five minutes. It's about time. :)

    :D

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 19:38

    Aussies passing better now. Not giving Germany possession as much.

  • me13/06/2010 at 19:39

    played

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 19:39

    That would have been awesome.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 19:39

    OMG. Miss. :(

  • RG13/06/2010 at 19:39

    Aussies passing better now. Not giving Germany possession as much.

    Whoever manages the Aussies musta gave them a bit of a team talk.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 19:40

    That would have been awesome.

    What can I say? Philipp is a fantastic captain. :P

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 19:40

    That was odd... it changed to the daily but i didnt do anything. Silly firefox.

    anyways, shouldve been 3-0

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 19:40

    Whoever manages the Aussies musta gave them a bit of a team talk.

    That would be Pim Verbeek.

  • RG13/06/2010 at 19:41

    Looking at this, can't believe Germany were 14/1 to win this.

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 19:41

    Whoever manages the Aussies musta gave them a bit of a team talk.

    kylie minogue is not a good motivator I guess

  • me13/06/2010 at 19:41

    Looking at this, can't believe Germany were 14/1 to win this.

    they were ace in the 1st half

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 19:41

    Looking at this, can't believe Germany were 14/1 to win this.

    In a good way, or in a bad way?

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 19:41

    What can I say? Philipp is a fantastic captain. :P

    They have some good sneaky... whatever their called. Moves. Passes. Sneakiness.

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 19:41

    Red card

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 19:42

    Straight RED for Tim!

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 19:42

    another red card!!!

  • RG13/06/2010 at 19:42

    ANOTHER red card? This is getting ridiculous

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 19:42

    Never a straight red

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 19:42

    ouch...

  • me13/06/2010 at 19:42

    is that a red?

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 19:42

    They have some good sneaky... whatever their called. Moves. Passes. Sneakiness.

    :D That would be the German way.

  • me13/06/2010 at 19:42

    Never a straight red

    what did he do wrong?

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 19:42

    is that a red?

    Yes

  • RG13/06/2010 at 19:42

    Bad call from the ref, only a yellow that.

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 19:42

    is that a red?

    No, looked a bit bad from one angle but it wasnt that bad, maybe a yellow

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 19:42

    He said sorry and everything. Boo.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 19:43

    Oooh. Sliding in from the back. Not smart Tim, especially when you ply your trade in the EPL.

  • me13/06/2010 at 19:43

    can we give the ref a red card?

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 19:43

    Shouldve got a 10 second penalty in the dressing room

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 19:43

    Never a straight red

    what did he do wrong?

    It was a foul and definitely a yellow car but as the commentator said there was nothing malicious about it

  • RG13/06/2010 at 19:43

    He said sorry and everything. Boo.

    That makes no difference. For example, you can't headbutt someone, then say, sorry mate, and get away with it

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 19:43

    can we give the ref a red card?

    It was slightly high tackle from the back. Harsh, but within the referee's rights.

  • me13/06/2010 at 19:44

    what??

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 19:44

    He said sorry and everything. Boo.

    Never heard that as a reason not to card someone before :)

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 19:44

    Is this guy celebrating christmas?! He loves his cards.

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 19:44

    They didn't even touch that time?

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 19:44

    That makes no difference. For example, you can't headbutt someone, then say, sorry mate, and get away with it

    +1

  • me13/06/2010 at 19:44

    Is this guy celebrating christmas?! He loves his cards.

    :)

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 19:44

    Good shot, good save

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 19:44

    Oooh. Good save.

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 19:45

    That makes no difference. For example, you can't headbutt someone, then say, sorry mate, and get away with it

    Yea, but even as he was sliding he knew it was bad, held his hand up, said sorry. Like everyone is saying, no malice or nothing. I've seen loads of more aggressive things that haven't been given anything. Football is weird.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 19:45

    heehee. Tiny Philipp out-jumps the tall Aussie.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 19:45

    WHAT?!

  • me13/06/2010 at 19:45

    rubbish germany!

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 19:45

    How is this not 5 or 6-0?

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 19:45

    There was a guy wide opn on his left and he didn't pass it

  • RG13/06/2010 at 19:46

    Coulda been a pen that...

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 19:46

    david tennant is shocked

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 19:46

    Yea, but even as he was sliding he knew it was bad, held his hand up, said sorry. Like everyone is saying, no malice or nothing. I've seen loads of more aggressive things that haven't been given anything. Football is weird.

    It is not for the agression (I think). It was the fact that it was a sliding tackle from the back.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 19:46

    david tennant is shocked

    :D

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 19:46

    Yea, but even as he was sliding he knew it was bad, held his hand up, said sorry. Like everyone is saying, no malice or nothing. I've seen loads of more aggressive things that haven't been given anything. Football is weird.

    Lots of footballers hold their hands up to say sorry as they foul an opponent. Not many of them are sorry though

  • RG13/06/2010 at 19:46

    It is not for the agression (I think). It was the fact that it was a sliding tackle from the back.

    Its against the rules basically.

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 19:46

    He keeps saying urzel and I keep thinking of the wurzels.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 19:47

    Its against the rules basically.

    Yup.

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 19:47

    It is not for the agression (I think). It was the fact that it was a sliding tackle from the back.

    Okay. Seems stupid, but I know nothing!

  • RG13/06/2010 at 19:47

    Klose could have been closer.

    Brilliant commentary.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 19:47

    Philipp is not happy with his attackers. :(

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 19:47

    That is a bright referee's shirt, very distracting.

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 19:48

    It is not for the agression (I think). It was the fact that it was a sliding tackle from the back.

    Okay. Seems stupid, but I know nothing!

    Tackling someone from behind can cause bad injuries so it is not allowed

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 19:48

    Okay. Seems stupid, but I know nothing!

    Sliding tackles from the back have a habit of causing really bad injuries. Like broken legs. It is a better safe than sorry thing.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 19:48

    Klose could have been closer.

    :D

  • me13/06/2010 at 19:48

    Klose could have been closer.

    :D

  • me13/06/2010 at 19:49

    with an extra man, germany seem... worse.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 19:49

    Australia desperate. Sending on another striker.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 19:50

    with an extra man, germany seem... worse.

    missed opportunities getting to them, I think.

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 19:50

    with an extra man, germany seem... worse.

    Not uncommon. Quite often the team with ten men feel a sense on injustice and really step up

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 19:51

    I am disappointed we have not seen more of Man Utd's star goalscorer Own Goal at this tournament, own goal has been prolific for them this year

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 19:52

    Klose! !!!

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 19:52

    how did he miss that again!? Cmon tennant, sort it out. You fought the daleks many times, im sure you can kick a ball

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 19:52

    I am disappointed we have not seen more of Man Utd's star goalscorer Own Goal at this tournament, own goal has been prolific for them this year

    He is like that Polish driver the Irish police had trouble with

  • RG13/06/2010 at 19:52

    I am disappointed we have not seen more of Man Utd's star goalscorer Own Goal at this tournament, own goal has been prolific for them this year

    I think he peaked during Japan's warm up games.

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 19:52

    I think he peaked during Japan's warm up games.

    :)

  • me13/06/2010 at 19:53

    "..who has only recently become a german"

    eh?

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 19:53

    Nice goal

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 19:53

    FINALLY!

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 19:53

    and crunch corner scores!!!

    I mean, Muller

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 19:53

    Goal!

  • RG13/06/2010 at 19:53

    Finally, 3 goals in a match. Thank you Germany.

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 19:53

    I mean, Muller

    I thought maybe it was Yvan.

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 19:54

    David Tennant is off.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 19:54

    I thought maybe it was Yvan.

    :D

    Finally, 3 goals in a match. Thank you Germany.

    I am still not satisfied (and neither is Joachim I bet). MORE!!!

  • RG13/06/2010 at 19:54

    I am still not satisfied (and neither is Joachim I bet). MORE!!!

    We want four. We want four.

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 19:55

    David Tennant is off.

    He's got a foe to face - traffic

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 19:55

    "..who has only recently become a german"

    eh?

    Football nationality is not like normal nationality.

    Firstyou can play for thcounty you were born in, either of your parents were born in or any of your grand parents were born in. After that it gets complicated but some people qualify for 6 or 7 countries

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 19:55

    That was a poor poor cross

  • me13/06/2010 at 19:56

    oh christ

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 19:56

    FOUR!!!

  • RG13/06/2010 at 19:56

    Stunningly beautiful

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 19:56

    Woah!!

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 19:56

    Fabulous

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 19:56

    And it's 4!

  • me13/06/2010 at 19:56

    Firstyou can play for thcounty you were born in, either of your parents were born in or any of your grand parents were born in. After that it gets complicated but some people qualify for 6 or 7 countries

    :)

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 19:57

    Firstyou can play for thcounty you were born in, either of your parents were born in or any of your grand parents were born in. After that it gets complicated but some people qualify for 6 or 7 countries

    Basically, if you want to play internationals badly enough, you can always get a country to want you. If in doubt, come to Singapore.

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 19:57

    Firstyou can play for thcounty you were born in, either of your parents were born in or any of your grand parents were born in. After that it gets complicated but some people qualify for 6 or 7 countries

    Footballers are bilingual in their own special way

  • RG13/06/2010 at 19:57

    There's more in this... Might make Argentina 6-0 Serbia and Montenegro look like a scrappy 1-0 win.

  • RG13/06/2010 at 19:57

    Firstyou can play for thcounty you were born in, either of your parents were born in or any of your grand parents were born in. After that it gets complicated but some people qualify for 6 or 7 countries

    I think I can play for France cos my great great great great great great grandparents were born there.

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 19:58

    It is annoying me that Australia have someone called Colina because all I can think of is this

    http://bsbingo.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/collina.jpg

  • RG13/06/2010 at 19:58

    Remember folks, if we finish second in our group. This is who we get to play.

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 19:58

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cacau

    Although Cacau was born in Brazil, he was never called up by the Brazilian national team.

    In February 2009, he became eligible to play for Germany after he acquired a German passport[7] having lived and played in Germany for over 5 years.[8]

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 19:58

    1 minute 52!

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 19:58

    Remember folks, if we finish second in our group. This is who we get to play.

    :D Be prepared for a trashing.

  • me13/06/2010 at 19:58

    Remember folks, if we finish second in our group. This is who we get to play.

    and if we come first?

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 19:59

    and if we come first?

    Australia, serbia or ghana

  • RG13/06/2010 at 19:59

    and if we come first?

    At the moment, Ghana

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 19:59

    Germany loves the right wing, where their captain plays. Might help to put Stevie G on that side.

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 20:00

    and if we come first?

    Whoever finishes second in this group. So if Germany lose one and draw one of their two remaining games you get them

  • me13/06/2010 at 20:00

    Australia, serbia or ghana

    we really need to win!

    blimey.

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 20:00

    That's assuming Ghana don't beat Germany of course. Oh wait.

  • RG13/06/2010 at 20:00

    The red card: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qb23LYXzxZc&feature=player_embedded

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 20:01

    That's assuming Ghana don't beat Germany of course. Oh wait.

    :D

    blimey.

    XDD

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 20:01

    That's assuming Ghana don't beat Germany of course. Oh wait.

    And teams have been known to lose games they should win to get the opponent they want

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 20:02

    My commentator talking about how poor Michael 'Runner-Up' Ballack is no longer captain just as Germany performs at its best.

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 20:02

    we really need to win!

    blimey.

    Bear in mind Germany always get better as the tournament progresses. This is them at the worst they will be

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 20:03

    Bear in mind Germany always get better as the tournament progresses. This is them at the worst they will be

    That's reassuring.

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 20:03

    My commentator talking about how poor Michael 'Runner-Up' Ballack is no longer captain just as Germany performs at its best.

    What a co-incidence.

  • Alison13/06/2010 at 20:03

    My commentator talking about how poor Michael 'Runner-Up' Ballack is no longer captain just as Germany performs at its best.

    Don't knock Michael Ballack!?

  • RG13/06/2010 at 20:03

    Germany's third: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaOPXVS1-40&feature=player_embedded

    And Germany's fourth: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bZulmRh8F4&feature=player_embedded

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 20:04

    Bear in mind Germany always get better as the tournament progresses. This is them at the worst they will be

    :D

    Don't knock Michael Ballack!?

    Philipp is better. :P

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 20:05

    Muller coming back to help. Yay.

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 20:05

    Muller coming back to help. Yay.

    I really want a Muller Rice :(

  • Alison13/06/2010 at 20:06

    Philipp is better. :P

    I don't even know who that is. I might smile and nod at this point.

  • me13/06/2010 at 20:06

    Germany's third: http://www.you...ature=player_embedded

    do they fa pull those like the fia?

  • me13/06/2010 at 20:06

    do they fa pull those like the fia?

    fifa, not the fa

  • RG13/06/2010 at 20:07

    do they fa pull those like the fia?

    Oh no, I just see them put up on another site and share it...

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 20:07

    I don't even know who that is. I might smile and nod at this point.

    Philipp Lahm? Best full-back in the world? Man-of-the-match for 3 of Germany's 7 Euro08 games? Really good looking guy with the captain's armband?

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 20:08

    Oh no, I just see them put up on another site and share it...

    thanks a lot RG. ;)

  • Alison13/06/2010 at 20:09

    Philipp Lahm? Best full-back in the world? Man-of-the-match for 3 of Germany's 7 Euro08 games? Really good looking guy with the captain's armband?

    I don't really do football. I just like Michael Ballack.

  • RG13/06/2010 at 20:09

    Germany's last three opening games:

    Germany 8-0 Saudi Arabia

    Germany 4-2 Costa Rica

    Germany 4-0 Australia

    Yeah.

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 20:09

    Lck of communication, both players went for the ball

  • me13/06/2010 at 20:10

    Oh no, I just see them put up on another site and share it...

    cool. ta.

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 20:10

    Germany's last three opening games:

    Germany 8-0 Saudi Arabia

    Germany 4-2 Costa Rica

    Germany 4-0 Australia

    Yeah.

    What? You mean they habitually make me look bad?

    Guess I haven't been paying enough attention to recent tournaments

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 20:10

    I want 5. Come on Germany!

  • Alison13/06/2010 at 20:11

    I want 5. Come on Germany!

    Woooo! *waves flag*

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 20:11

    Guess I haven't been paying enough attention to recent tournaments

    They did play badly against Costa Rica though. Just that Costa Rica was even worse.

  • RG13/06/2010 at 20:11

    Germany 4-2 Costa Rica

    And I just corrected a journalist on that score too. I'm proud of myself.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 20:14

    ... wha?

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 20:14

    So the Germans have on Brazilian, one Turk, two Poles.. Are any of them actually German?

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 20:15

    So the Germans have on Brazilian, one Turk, two Poles.. Are any of them actually German?

    Their captain. And manager.

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 20:16

    3 minutes added on

  • RG13/06/2010 at 20:18

    Mr commentator, the keeper goes up when they are 1 goal behind, not 4.

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 20:18

    Another christmas card for diving

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 20:18

    LOL. Another dive.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 20:18

    Mr commentator, the keeper goes up when they are 1 goal behind, not 4.

    :D

  • RG13/06/2010 at 20:18

    LOL. Another dive.

    Typical Germans.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 20:19

    FULL TIME! No 5th goal :(

  • RG13/06/2010 at 20:19

    Well, Germany. Impressive. Very impressive.

  • Steven Roy13/06/2010 at 20:20

    Too many goals in that game. Not competitive enough ;)

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 20:20

    If you get a red card, you can't play in the next match.

    Do yellow cards carry forward for matches too?

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 20:20

    Brightened my day though. Yay for Philipp's World Cup captaincy debut!

  • RG13/06/2010 at 20:20

    Do yellow cards carry forward for matches too?

    Only if you get 2.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 20:20

    Do yellow cards carry forward for matches too?

    Yes for the group stages. Then the slate gets wiped clean for the knock out rounds.

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 20:20

    Do yellow cards carry forward for matches too?

    Yep

  • RG13/06/2010 at 20:20

    Only if you get 2.

    In different matches, obviously if you got 2 in one you'd be sent off.

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 20:21

    Yes for the group stages. Then the slate gets wiped clean for the knock out rounds.

    Gotcha.

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 20:21

    Oh goodness. I suppose it is my turn for World Cup post writing.

  • Alison13/06/2010 at 20:21

    Do yellow cards carry forward for matches too?

    I think your yellow cards count for all the group stage before they're wiped. If you get a 2nd in another match you're not sent off there and then but you're suspended for the next game. Your team are never a man down though.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 20:22

    Oh goodness. I suppose it is my turn for World Cup post writing.

    If you wish, I can do tomorrow's. The Dutch should be fun. ;)

  • RG13/06/2010 at 20:22

    If you wish, I can do tomorrow's. The Dutch should be fun. ;)

    I'm gonna miss the Dutch :( Boo

  • Christine13/06/2010 at 20:23

    If you wish, I can do tomorrow's. The Dutch should be fun. ;)

    Ooh, yay! Another day for me to swot up :)

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 20:23

    I'm gonna miss the Dutch :( Boo

    I've scheduled everything weeks before to ensure I don't miss a single match. But especially Spain's. ;)

  • RG13/06/2010 at 20:24

    Ooh, yay! Another day for me to swot up :)

    And you get to talk about the one of the best teams in the world.

  • me13/06/2010 at 20:24

    And you get to talk about the one of the best teams in the world.

    new zealand?

  • RG13/06/2010 at 20:24

    I've scheduled everything weeks before to ensure I don't miss a single match. But especially Spain's. ;)

    I sadly cant organise exams. Only 2 to go thankfully.

  • Lukeh13/06/2010 at 20:24

    And you get to talk about the one of the best teams in the world.

    go north korea!

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 20:24

    And you get to talk about the one of the best teams in the world.

    That should be group G or H. :P

  • RG13/06/2010 at 20:25

    new zealand?

    Ironic that two of the worst teams play their games on the same day.

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 20:25

    go north korea!

    :D

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 20:25

    This angle makes Philipp look really like Sebastian. o.O

  • Marilene Riddle13/06/2010 at 20:26

    I sadly cant organise exams. Only 2 to go thankfully.

    Aw. Good luck!

  • RG13/06/2010 at 20:26

    Aw. Good luck!

    Thanks!

  • Jon Waldock13/06/2010 at 21:52

    Dear Alex. I believe thats the best way to watch football.....by not watching it....